Celtic may have secured the Scottish Premiership title a few weeks back, however for both teams this is a massive game considering they will be contesting the Scottish Cup Final next weekend. Form Labs break down the action with their betting preview and tips for the game while as ever we bring you some value with our selection of enhanced odds.
Warm Up For Next Weekend
This is a dead rubber game as far as the league is concerned, but it should act as a warm up for both teams ahead of the Scottish Cup final next weekend.
However, there are no prizes for guessing who has enjoyed the better record in recent head-to-heads. Celtic have won 12 of 14 since April 2016 across all competitions, including all four this term by a combined score of 11-1 as the sole clash at Celtic Park yielded a 5-0 annihilation.
Old Firm Loss
The Bhoys suffered their first defeat under Neil Lennon as they went down 2-0 in the Old Firm derby at Ibrox last weekend, though Steven Gerrard’s men have clearly been the best of the rest this season – six points behind Celtic but 14 ahead of both Killie and Aberdeen.
Prior to that game, the Hoops had won eight of 11 matches in all tournaments under the new stewardship, registering nine clean sheets, so a Hearts side in poor form are going to need to seriously buck up if they’re to get anything from this clash.
Hearts Recent Form
The visitors are currently on a run of five defeats from seven matches, with their sole success coming in cup action against Championship outfit Inverness.
They’ve lost nine of their last 11 against the current top four and, aside from a pair of 2-1 victories over Aberdeen and Killie, they’ve failed to score more than once in a single game over this period and drew a blank on five occasions.
Celtic v Hearts Betting Tips
Craig Levein’s side are further hampered by the continued absence of star striker Steven Naismith. The 32-year-old has only made 19 appearances in the league this season but has still hit double figures for goals, while they’ve managed 2.05 points per game when he’s started, compared to a mere 0.67 when he hasn’t.
Hearts have netted 56% fewer goals without the former Rangers and Everton forward and given Celtic have won 16 of 18 unbeaten league matches on home turf this season, keeping a clean sheet in 13 of these, we expect this to prove a comfortable afternoon for the hosts.
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